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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Community  \Com*mu"ni*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Communities}.  [L.  communitas: 
  cf  OF  communit['e].  Cf  {Commonalty},  and  see  {Common}.] 
  1.  Common  possession  or  enjoyment;  participation;  as  a 
  community  of  goods. 
 
  The  original  community  of  all  things  --Locke. 
 
  An  unreserved  community  of  thought  and  feeling.  --W. 
  Irving. 
 
  2.  A  body  of  people  having  common  rights,  privileges,  or 
  interests,  or  living  in  the  same  place  under  the  same  laws 
  and  regulations;  as  a  community  of  monks.  Hence  a  number 
  of  animals  living  in  a  common  home  or  with  some  apparent 
  association  of  interests. 
 
  Creatures  that  in  communities  exist.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  3.  Society  at  large  a  commonwealth  or  state;  a  body  politic; 
  the  public,  or  people  in  general. 
 
  Burdens  upon  the  poorer  classes  of  the  community. 
  --Hallam. 
 
  Note:  In  this  sense  the  term  should  be  used  with  the 
  definite  article;  as  the  interests  of  the  community. 
 
  4.  Common  character;  likeness.  [R.] 
 
  The  essential  community  of  nature  between  organic 
  growth  and  inorganic  growth.  --H.  Spencer. 
 
  5.  Commonness;  frequency.  [Obs.] 
 
  Eyes  .  .  .  sick  and  blunted  with  community.  --Shak. 




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